Judge rules that Emilio Lozoya remains in pre-trial detention for the Odebrecht case

Control Judge José Antonio Zúñiga Mendoza on Wednesday ruled that the former director of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Emilio Lozoya Austin, in the North Recluse during the criminal proceedings over the Odebrecht case for which he is charged with alleged money laundering, bribery and criminal association.

After a unitary court ordered the controlling judge to hold a hearing this Wednesday to consider the precautionary measure of justified preventive detention against Emilio Lozoya, Judge Zúñiga Mendoza argued that flight risk remains, considering that the former official has adequate financial resources and a family support network.

In a virtual trial, the judge estimated that the conditions that originally served for the precautionary measures imposed on November 3, 2021, had not changed.

It should be remembered that a unitary court last week ordered the release of Emilio Lozoya for the case of the sale of the waste fertilizer plant Agro nitrogen.

The Inquiry of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) for the case odebrecht accuses Lozoya of allegedly receiving millions of dollars in bribes from the Brazilian company in exchange for the delivery of construction contracts for Pemex.

The investigation also mentions that Gilda Austin de Lozoya, mother of the former director of Pemex, received $ 185,000 in her bank accounts and then $ 1,200,000 which was used to obtain a home in Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo.

He refers to the fact that when Lozoya accepted the leadership of Petróleos Mexicanos, he stated in his asset statement that he had acted with his mother as the owner of a bank account. As well as from another bank account in Germany.

According to the FGR, Emilio Lozoya met the former director of Odebrecht in Mexico, Luis Alberto de Meneses Weyll, and favored him to obtain contracts for public works. And that in 2012, when he was part of a presidential campaign, the former director of Pemex received a $ 4 million payment from Meneses Weyll, “and he told him that if he won, he would get a position have that will allow him to provide. (to Odebrecht) public works contracts ”.

(With information from Jorge Monroy)



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